Item/Auction Attributes

Second half 19th century.
Soap dish rim with chip and minor flake and some expected usage wear including residue; trap with some scattered chips to top and base edge.
Trap 4 1/4" HOA, dish 5 1/8" D rim.
Provenance: The Important Americana Collection of Barbara M. and the late Charlie Hunter, Staunton, VA. Insect trap: Sotheby's, 1/29/1995, lot 299 (retains auction label). Ex-collection of the New York Historical Society. Ex-collection of Elie Nadelman.
Catalogue Note: The insect trap was formerly in the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (Polish American, 1882-1946). Nadelman, a sculptor, and his wife, Mrs. Viola Flannery, started the Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts in Riverdale, NY in 1925. The museum was the first significant collection of American and European folk art in America, eventually comprising some fifteen thousand objects. After losing much of their wealth in the Great Depression, the Nadelmans sold the majority of the museum's collection to the New York Historical Society in 1937.